Anatol and Leapfrog Machinery are working together to bring Aussie printers some of the world’s most sophisticated..
09 March 2021
Anatol and Leapfrog Machinery are working together to bring Aussie printers some of the world’s most sophisticated range of screen printing machinery including the only all-electric automatic printing press.
Known throughout Australia as the place to go for Screenprinting, Leapfrog Machinery is proud to welcome the Anatol range of products into their offering.
Anatol strives to provide quality equipment to screen print faster, more consistently and more efficiently.
Mr. Debney from Leapfrog Machinery explains: “With leading product innovations like the all-electric Volt, to technological advancements to help us provide excellent after sales customer support, the relationship between Leapfrog and Anatol will benefit Australian Screen Printers with better equipment coming into Australia, backed by a reputable, trusted local Australian Business.”
Established in 1983, Leapfrog Machinery is known to supply screen printing equipment based on customers’ needs. After identifying the gap in the Automatic screen printing market in Australia, Leapfrog Machinery have worked to secure the Australian distributorship of Anatol. This distributorship covers all screen printing equipment including both Automatic and Manual Screen Printing Press, LED UV Exposure Units, Electric and Gas Dryers along with Small Format Presses.
The strength for innovation shown by Anatol can be seen throughout the product range. With a wide range of equipment configurations to suit individual business needs, Australian Screen printers can be assured that they will receive customised solutions enabling them to take their business to the next level of productivity and profitability.
Leapfrog Machinery is experienced at importing and servicing screen printing machinery throughout Australia and look forward to a long and healthy relationship with Anatol.
Leapfrog Machinery are the exclusive distributors for Anatol Australia wide.
For information contact Leapfrog Machinery (0)2 9482 4999 www.leapfrogmachinery.com.au
Xeikon America, Inc. today expanded its graphic arts and commercial product portfolio with the launch of the Xeikon SX20..
09 March 2021
Xeikon America, Inc. today expanded its graphic arts and commercial product portfolio with the launch of the Xeikon SX20000 digital colour press. This is the second duplex press to come to market based on Xeikon’s SIRIUS dry toner technology, and it presents an excellent value proposition for printers looking for a cost-effective machine that will give them superior image quality, perfect registration front-to-back and exceptional colour quality control. With a high level of application flexibility, this versatile press will suit print providers working in the production of high-quality books and direct mail, PoS materials, security print and general commercial print applications. The Xeikon SX20000 is available for physical and online demonstrations at Xeikon’s Global Innovation Centre in Antwerp, Belgium, and is globally commercially available now.
“In today’s printing world, we all know it’s about delivering value which encompasses quality, performance, sustainability and competitive pricing,” said Dimitri Van Gaever, Xeikon Market Segment Director. “With the launch of the Xeikon SX20000, Xeikon is offering printers in the graphic arts and commercial print markets a press with unequalled capabilities at an attractive investment level. The Xeikon SX20000 has all the innovations of its flagship predecessor, the Xeikon SX30000, which makes it a consistent, reliable all-around performer, able to run at a printing width of 20 inches (508mm) on a broad range of substrates at 1200x3600dpi at speeds of 66 feet per minute (20m/min) or 1700 B2 sheets per hour. This single pass, duplex press is geared towards printers looking to streamline and optimise the production of high value, premium quality print with high coverage content on high quality papers. On top of that, the Xeikon SX20000 offers scalability with upgrades available in both speed and colour stations. With this new press, we are bringing to market a full rotary machine based on SIRIUS dry toner technology driven by Xeikon’s powerful X-800 workflow for full automation.”
Xeikon envisions two big markets for digital with this new addition: book printing and direct mail
Xeikon has noted the significant resurgence in printed book production in the last couple of years. Book sales have risen sharply due to easy availability through online channels and renewed interest in high quality books. The rise in demand is stimulating book publishers and printers to look at their business strategies, and many are now choosing quality over speed. With Xeikon’s SX20000 digital colour press, designers and printers have no limitations. Rotary printing makes it simple with perfect registration and imposition on much longer substrates, so no repeat size, fixed sheet format or frame length. This becomes a significant advantage in the finishing department. On this single pass duplex press, there are no coverage limitations, no special inks – just load the substrate reel onto the Xeikon and off it goes – no fine tuning, no magic, just a quality result!
Xeikon’s strategy is to offer the Xeikon SX20000 as a highly versatile and flexible print production platform, perfect for specialised jobs such as quality targeted direct mail. Many direct mail companies are using high quality papers for a limited audience as well as the 5th station on the press for brand colours. To develop SIRIUS dry toner technology, Xeikon built on the four major areas of toner development, imaging technology, fusing technology and media conditioning, and every key component impacts on the overall quality result. A ground-breaking and innovative platform, SIRIUS delivers the widest application and substrate range combined with lower running costs and a compelling overall total cost of ownership (TCO) and overall OEE.
“We believe the launch of the Xeikon SX20000 comes at the right moment in time,” added Van Gaever. “Printers looking for a roll-fed machine with maximum efficiencies, a powerful workflow for full colour control and automated imposition plus all the processes necessary to compete, need look no further. Many printers working in the graphic arts and commercial print markets are aware that they need to streamline their operation, reduce their total cost of operation (TCO), increase productivity and uptime and also review their equipment. Printers looking for new revenue streams and considering a broader range of applications may be restricted because of printing equipment limitations. Our single pass duplex press is unique, designed to maximise and deliver a market leading performance and unequalled sustainability. The Xeikon SX20000 has everything and more to guarantee business growth and become the cornerstone of any print business.”
For more information about Xeikon, visit www.xeikon.com
Canon Australia unleashes eight new large format print models with the introduction of the new imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Ser..
02 March 2021
Canon Australia unleashes eight new large format print models with the introduction of the new imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series, and a refreshed imagePROGRAF TX Series.
Canon Australia today unveils a fresh line-up of 5-Colour Multifunction (MFP) and Single-function (SFP) large format printers, complete with a diverse range of solutions and newly-developed scanner accessories to meet the needs of high-production to entry-level businesses in the CAD and GIS markets.
Sitting at the helm of Canon’s MFP line-up is the new 36-inch model imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series – a new category of production printer for Canon, comprising new technologies for high productivity, high-image quality prints, paired with the fastest print speeds of any imagePROGRAF to date. Optimised to be the ideal choice for customers in architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing, as well as professional print service providers and copy shops; the imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series can be further enhanced with the optional addition of the newly developed Global Scanning Z36 scanner. Compared to its predecessors, the 36-inch wide Z36 scanner is reduced in size and weight for a more integrated feel and enhanced operability for end users.
Taking CAD, GIS and poster printing to a new level of productivity, Canon Australia today also updates its successful imagePROGRAF TX Series of large format printers with six new models: the 24-inch imagePROGRAF TX-2100, 36-inch imagePROGRAF TX-3100 and 44-inch imagePROGRAF TX-4100, plus the multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-2100 MFP Z24, imagePROGRAF TX-3100 MFP Z36 and imagePROGRAF TX-4100 MFP Z36 – which are complete with the integration of the Global Scanning Z24 and Z36 scanners respectively. These new high-speed, high-capacity, multipurpose devices deliver unrivalled print quality, enhanced media handling and advanced security while maintaining a familiar ‘Canon workflow’ – ideal for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) businesses, retail stores and in-house print departments.
Introducing a new category of speed, productivity and image quality: Canon imagePROGRAF TZ Series
For fast-paced businesses working to tight deadlines, the new Canon imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series combines high speed output with a stack of features to support continuous productivity and efficiency. With excellent media handling and the scope to produce high-quality applications including CAD/GIS drawings, renderings, maps and posters, this robust printer is the ideal choice for customers in architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing, as well as professional print service providers and copy shops. For an even more efficient workflow, the multifunctional imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 integrates the printer with a precision scanner in one device.
Printing at speeds of up to four A1 CAD pages per minute, the new imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 is the fastest in the imagePROGRAF Series. With 700ml high-capacity ink tanks and dual roll feeding, the printer maximises output and minimises downtime, comfortably handling production volumes between 300 and 500 square metres a month, supported by Direct Print Plus workflow management software and a high-capacity stacker holding up to 100 A0 sheets.
Designed for maximum productivity, the imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 comes with ‘hot swap’ media rolls and inks, making it the first Canon imagePROGRAF printer to enable users to replenish media and ink on the fly during printing. The smart roll set takes the guesswork out of media loading: the user simply places the roll into the feeder and the printer does the rest. From the moment the print button is clicked, the first A1 CAD print can be in the user’s hands within up to 19 seconds.
The CPP printer driver and CPP Publisher Select job submission tools help to achieve efficient printing with reduced misprints by monitoring the media width and the remaining amount of media before printing.
The imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 uses Canon’s superior LUCIA TD ink technology, enabling high-quality output from CAD drawings to maps and posters, on a wide range of coated and uncoated media. Fine black lines and text can be reproduced clearly and with minimal feathering, even on uncoated media. Furthermore, due to the weather resistance of the inks, vivid colours are prevented from fading, even when using plain inkjet paper.
Space-saving, ergonomic console design means that operations such as ink tank and media roll changes happen at the front of imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series models, while completed prints are removed from the top of the device.
The MFP Z36 model packs even greater functionality into a smaller footprint, thanks to the integration of a high-quality multi-function scanner with dual LED light source system. This MFP model is easy to install and particularly suited to smaller office spaces. It comes with a large free-position touchscreen with easy-to-use preview functions and rich image editing capability.
For optimum security, all file data can be erased from the hard disk once each print job is completed, and optional PIN code and interface security can be used to prevent unauthorised access.
Pricing for the new imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 and imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 will be available through Canon and authorised dealers from June 2021. Product demonstrations will be available on request from June via Canon Australia. For more information, please click through to the product pages for the imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 and imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36.
A new level of productivity, precision print, and vibrant colour: Canon imagePROGRAF TX Series
Whether printing vibrant, high-quality posters or multiple copies of high-definition CAD drawings, the new imagePROGRAF TX Series delivers borderless prints at the push of a button, either from a PC or direct from a USB stick. Quick start-up time and rapid processing eliminates delays, and with continuous high-speed printing at up to 3.2 pages per minute and no trimming required, productivity is assured.
Designed for absolute ease of use, when the roll of media is placed in the imagePROGRAF TX Series feeder, the printer automatically detects the media type and width, while the intuitive control panel with its 4.3-inch touchscreen gives accurate media information at a glance.
For high-volume jobs, a dual roll option supported by ‘hot swap’, high-capacity ink tanks enable up to 350 metres of uninterrupted printing from two rolls of the same media, or if needed, will switch between two rolls of different media types. The optional high-capacity, front-located stacker can hold up to 100 A0 prints and can be easily folded away when not in use to save space.
Maintaining its reputation for unrivalled print quality, the new imagePROGRAF TX Series combines Canon print heads and five-colour, full pigment LUCIA TD inks to deliver fine lines, pin-point text and vibrant colours even on plain paper – ideal for high-precision CAD drawings and posters. For prints that will be used outside, the inks offer excellent weather resistance and can be used with Canon’s water-resistant media.
For fast, efficient scanning and printing, the multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-3100 MFP Z36, and imagePROGRAF TX-4100 MFP Z36 models incorporate a newly developed, lightweight Z36 scanner that uses SingleSensor™ technology. This innovation saves time and performs an accurate, even scan across the full width, without the need for stitching or calibration.
According to Ted Matsumoto, General Manager – B2B Product Marketing, Canon Australia: “In developing our newest range of large format printers, we set out to address a number of industry needs, from users of low-end LED plotters to low-yield, high-quality production businesses. With the introduction of the imagePROGRAF TZ Series, we’ve brought forth a robust production solution that balances productivity and efficiency while significantly reducing large format print and finishing times to help customers deliver on the tightest deadlines. I’m certain that this latest addition to the imagePROGRAF family raises the bar for customers and will match the growing demands of any business needing streamlined and hassle-free large format print production.
“Furthermore, the initial imagePROGRAF TX Series released in 2018 has proved to be hugely popular with customers to date. Now, with growing demand for fast and flexible delivery of prints on demand, this newly improved line-up is optimised to customers’ changing needs, with outstanding productivity features that enable faster and more efficient printing of posters and CAD/GIS drawings. From the imagePROGRAF TZ Series to the imagePROGRAF TX Series, I’m confident that our new large format printer line-up offers a model to meet the everyday large format print needs of any business.”
Pricing for the new imagePROGRAF TX Series models will be available through Canon and authorised dealers from February 2021. Product demonstrations will be available on request from February via Canon Australia. For more information, please click through to the product pages for the:
· 24-inch imagePROGRAF TX-2100
· 36-inch imagePROGRAF TX-3100
· 44-inch imagePROGRAF TX-4100
· Multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-2100 MFP Z24
· Multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-3100 MFP Z36
· Multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-4100 MFP Z36
Xeikon announces the addition of two new digital label presses – the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 Xeikon Ameri..
02 March 2021
Xeikon announces the addition of two new digital label presses – the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50
Xeikon America, Inc. today announced the addition of two new digital label presses – the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50. Building on its sixth generation platform and based on CHEETAH 2.0 technology with new generation interfaces and cloud connection, these new presses are designed to offer maximum overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). The Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 fit perfectly into the Xeikon portfolio between the Xeikon 3030 REX and Xeikon 3050 REX entry-level presses and the higher-end Xeikon CX300 and Xeikon CX500. Xeikon has designed and developed the two new presses to suit any label printer operating on ‘middle capacity’, that is: 20,000-40,000 m2 or 30,000-55,000 MSI in all end-use segments. The press excels particularly in the pharmaceutical, food, and wine & spirit label sectors. The new machines are available for online demonstrations from Xeikon’s Global Innovation Centre in Antwerp, Belgium, and commercially available worldwide in the first quarter of this year.
“Part of the Xeikon strategy going forward is to make sure every label printer and converter has the maximum choice to purchase a Xeikon press that can help them drive business growth,” said Filip Weymans, Vice President, Marketing at Xeikon. “A successful and cost-effective investment in a digital production solution works best when it is based on expected, realistic print volumes. Xeikon’s CHEETAH 2.0 series offers competitive running costs, and printers have the opportunity to successfully expand the capabilities of their press (by upgrading either in speed or width, or both). The Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 are appropriate choices for printers and converters looking at digital for the first time with future plans to expand and grow their operation – also for online label printers who are seeing their business explode.”
Both the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 are ‘middle capacity’ presses that can be upgraded on site:
For higher speeds, both the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 can be upgraded from 20mpm (65ft/min) to 30mpm (98ft/min) with the Xeikon CX300 or Xeikon CX500. For greater width, the Xeikon CX30 (330mm or 13”) can be upgraded to the Xeikon CX50 (520mm or 20.47”) or the Xeikon CX500
CHEETAH 2.0 technology is based on Xeikon’s scalable press architecture that includes five print stations and a full rotary process with a variable repeat length. Each station utilises Xeikon’s dry toner process and a variety of print widths up to 512mm (20.3”) using an LED imaging head operating at 1200x3600 dpi and delivering offset/gravure image quality. The two new presses use Xeikon’s QB dry toner based on CHEETAH 2.0 technology, which excels in the digital print landscape by offering superior colour consistency across the web and ensuring the highest volume of output with reduced waste. The toner is available in CMYK, Red, Blue, Green, Orange, extra Magenta (gamut extension colours), Super Black, plus technical colours such as One-pass opaque white, UV and reflective clear as well as colours produced at the customer’s request. The QB toner achieves top quality results on a broad range of standard flexo substrates. The pigments used in the QB toner are of the highest grade and FDA-certified as food safe, and also offer the highest levels of ‘light fastness’ in the market. The labels shine not only after printing but for long afterwards.
The Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 are both driven by Xeikon’s powerful and intelligent X-800 digital front end for ultimate efficiency and full automation. Xeikon’s Digital Front End (DFE) workflow is a true differentiator and enabler and can be integrated with common ERP and MIS systems. Accuracy of colour reproduction over time and between presses is guaranteed by an integrated on-press inline spectrometer. Xeikon’s X-800 workflow holds variable data capabilities unseen in the current market, allowing the label printer and converter to explore a variety of high value applications with a basic press investment.
“With Xeikon’s long standing expertise, we have developed the deeper understanding that can help label printers and converters with all aspects of running a successful digital business, from choice of equipment (10 label presses) and choice of technology (Dry toner and UV inkjet) to workflow integration and expert colour management services,” said Weymans. “We are recognized as a go-to trusted advisor and solutions provider. Xeikon wants to help label printers and converters transform their label manufacturing into digital label manufacturing – not just digitising the printing aspect but also the other aspects of the manufacturing processes inspired by digital printing. With the introduction of the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50, we continue to build and structure our comprehensive portfolio so that our customers can find everything they need with Xeikon.”
For advice, please go to our online service (https://transform.xeikon.com/). For more information on the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 and to book a demonstration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For other products and solutions from Xeikon, visit www.xeikon.com.
Canon Australia today announces the latest addition to its best-selling imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX portfolio, the C5800 Seri..
23 February 2021
Canon Australia today announces the latest addition to its best-selling imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX portfolio, the C5800 Series - a true hub for digital transformation in effortlessly bridging physical and digital workflows to empower hybrid workforces. Comprising four models capable of producing high yield colour printing at various print speeds – including hero model, imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5870i at 70 pages per minute (PPM); imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5860i at 60 PPM; imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5850i at 50 PPM; and, imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5840i at 40 PPM – Canon’s new C5800 Series is designed to boost the productivity, serviceability and security of medium to large-sized enterprises.
With accelerating societal changes and the emergence of remote and decentralised working, this fundamental shift in behaviour has impacted the role of the office and ultimately what is needed from office technology. To support business continuity, drive digital transformation and facilitate unrivalled user experience between the office and remote working locations – thanks to the seamless integration of uniFLOW Online – the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series has been developed to support businesses thrive in today’s hybrid working reality.
The imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series excels in streamlining document workflows by combining super-fast colour print speeds, ranging from 40 PPM up to 70 PPM, and enhanced connectivity with the latest scan technology, making it ideal for medium to large enterprises that require high volume, productive output. Designed to enable consistently secure, productive and effective working as part of technology ecosystem that is location-agnostic, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series truly empowers productivity.
Canon’s imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series combines the reliability and durability of its predecessors in one flagship model – imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5870i – through offering enhanced serviceability with long life parts and easier replacement capabilities. For maximum uptime and drive efficiency, each model in the C5800 Series features quick sleep recovery, powering on in just six seconds and quick starting in four. Anti-streak, multi-feed detection and blank page removal, further reduces processing time and improves the scan performance. To save valuable time getting documents ready for use, the series delivers a broad range of embedded finishing options.
Supporting digital transformation
Digitisation is crucial to making sure teams can connect and collaborate, especially in today’s hybrid working reality. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series is the latest in Canon’s portfolio which is pivotal to customers embarking on their digital transformation journey. As a hub where print transforms into digital, Canon’s C5800 Series allows businesses to connect employees with workplace apps and plug documents straight into their workflows through one single platform.
With in-built connectivity – integrating with cloud-storage destinations like Dropbox and OneDrive - documents can be accessed, edited and shared by colleagues working anywhere. uniFLOW Online, Canon’s cloud-based software provides a single platform to connect all working locations, through which companies can centrally manage their fleet, no matter where devices are located. It offers simple cost tracking, secure scanning, and robust device security. Users with the uniFLOW Online upgrade have advanced functionalities such as Filing Assist, allowing information to be extracted from paper documents and inputted directly and accurately into workflow software.
“The last 12 months has seen immense shifts in working patterns, as well as business and technology requirements,” says Ted Matsumoto, General Manager - B2B Product Marketing, Canon Australia. “Hybrid ways of working have developed and accelerated during this time and Canon is proud to have continued evolving our technology and broadening our portfolio to support our customer’s document workflow requirements wherever they work from. From connecting distributed workforces and enabling digital transformation with the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 series, to offering flexible and highly connected multifunction laser and inkjet solutions for individuals and SMBs operating at home or remotely; Canon is confident that we’re helping our customers maintain business continuity and adapt to the demands of today’s hybrid working.”
Key Features - imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series
· Print speeds from 40 PPM up to 70 PPM A4 (single sided) depending on the model in the range
· Scan up to 270 ipm A4 (300 dpi duplex)
· uniFLOW Online Express as standard
· 10.1-inch fully digital colour touch panel
· Improved media handling supports smaller paper type formats, including A5
· Scan, search and store with OneDrive, SharePoint, Concur, and Dropbox
· 360° security with McAfee Embedded Control software
· TPM 2.0 providing stronger encryption technology
· Quiet ADF operation
· Consumes 15% less energy than predecessor imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5700 Series
· Staple-free (Eco) stapling up to 10 sheets
For more information on the Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series, please visit: https://www.canon.com.au/multifunction-devices/imagerunner-advance-dx-c5800i-series
Pricing for the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series will be available through Canon and authorised dealers from late February. Product demonstrations will be available on request from late February via Canon Australia.
Canon Australia today introduces the imagePRESS C10010VP series, comprising two new digital colour press printer models ..
04 November 2020
Canon Australia today introduces the imagePRESS C10010VP series, comprising two new digital colour press printer models – imagePRESS C10010VP and imagePRESS C9010VP – designed to drive versatility, high-quality imaging, and productivity for high-volume print environments that strive to achieve more. Built on Canon’s proven and reliable imagePRESS technology platform and featuring enhanced automation and extensive media handling capabilities, the imagePRESS C10010VP sets new standards in workflow efficiencies and application diversity.
Experience a new standard of productivity
Commercial print businesses and in-house print rooms looking to boost productivity while delivering a diverse mix of high-quality printed output can now count on the flagship imagePRESS C10010VP toner-based colour digital press to get the job done.
The imagePRESS C10010VP delivers reliable high-performance, deadline-driven printing via consistent high-speeds and high-quality outputs that provide brilliant outcomes with minimal effort. The imagePRESS C9010VP digital press is capable of high productivity print speeds of up to 92ppm, while the imagePRESS C10010VP is capable of 102ppm on A4 sized sheets.
This high-performance cut-sheet digital print solution offers automated printing on-demand at a new level, resulting in far less manual intervention and far greater production efficiency. Advanced features include Ultrasonic Multi-Sheet Feed Detection, active front-to-back registration and Inline Spectrometric Sensor (ILS) for simple colour pre-adjustment on every page.
Canon’s Dual Fixing Unit maintains productivity even when different media of mixed weights and textures are used for the same job. Taking it one step further, the optional High Capacity Stacker can be unloaded and loaded during print runs for continuous operation.
By adding the optional long-sheet paper input module, high volume print users can now introduce auto-duplex printing on media up to 762mm, feeding 1,000 sheets through Canon POD Deck XL.
Turn customer challenges into profitable opportunities
Thanks to synthetic media support, users can expand their offering to cater for their customers that require more durable and water-resistant applications. Users can print on long-sheet media up to 1300mm for a wider range of marketing collateral, in addition to offering different media weights, between 60 and 400gsm, and supporting embossed paper. The Consistently Vivid (CV) Toner paired with more media versatility and finishing options produces highly creative applications that add value to the end users. With higher value leading to higher margins, the imagePRESS C10010VP series is an ideal tool for commercial print businesses or in-house print functions looking to boost profits.
The imagePRESS C10010VP and imagePRESS C9010VP achieve the same high-image quality customers expect from the heritage Canon imagePRESS series. Thanks to its innovative R-VCSEL technology, Multi-D.A.T. colour adjustment and versatile screen patterns for ultimate image quality, users will have the confidence to deliver a diverse range of high-quality applications, from menus to mailers and from books to long-sheet banners. The unique structure of CV Toner offers superior durability and higher transfer performance, so users can benefit from even higher precision for text and images on every page of every run.
For maximum flexibility business users can create their own configuration that suits the needs of their business and customers. Choose from a wide range of Canon and third party finishing solutions with Document Feeding Device (DFD) Bridge connectivity to create a product ready for immediate delivery.
Ted Matsumoto, General Manager – B2B Product Marketing, Canon Australia says, “The imagePRESS C10010VP series is a new milestone in the evolution of the digital colour production press, setting new standards in productivity, application diversity and quality. With over 300 installed imagePRESS devices in Australia in the last five years[i], we’re building on a proven and reliable technology platform, with enhanced automation capabilities to help businesses achieve their future business ambitions. In times of business uncertainty, Canon is proud to give customers confidence that they can reliably deliver high-volume, high-quality print time and time again to maximise uptime. In helping our customers achieve more volume, more applications, more quality and more profit; we’re pleased that businesses can help their clients and end-customers turn their challenges into profitable opportunities.”
For more information on the Canon imagePRESS C10010VP, please visit: https://www.canon.com.au/products/production-printers/cut-sheet-printers/imagepress-c10010vp
For more information on the Canon imagePRESS C9010VP, please visit: https://www.canon.com.au/products/production-printers/cut-sheet-printers/imagepress-c9010vp
Pricing for the imagePRESS C10010VP / C9010VP will be available through Canon and authorised dealers from November. Product demonstrations will be available on request from late November via Canon Australia.
RICOH, a leading provider of workplace technology, has launched the high-end IM C8000 A3 colour multifunction printer (M..
03 November 2020
RICOH, a leading provider of workplace technology, has launched the high-end IM C8000 A3 colour multifunction printer (MFP) featuring a range of smart applications, enhancements and software which enable businesses to deliver a great customer experience while achieving workplace efficiency.
The RICOH IM C8000 MFP offers impressive speeds of up to 80 ppm (pages per minute) in colour or black and white, resulting in high quality colour prints and performance, helping users to increase productivity and efficiency. Colour functionality can be made more impactful by being able to produce clear text and brilliant colour images of up to 2,400 x 4,800dpi resolution.
The device also supports jobs being completed on time and within budget with a range of optional multiple finisher options with near production like finishing for folding, stapling, punching and sorting. As well as meeting everyday imaging needs, the IM C8000 can produce high quality customer-facing collateral, such as brochures and mailing pieces. Smaller sized documents can also be scanned easily with the new small sized paper scan units.
The intuitive, new generation, user-friendly 10.1-inch Smart Operation Panel allows users to navigate with simple touch and swipe gestures similar to a smartphone. The device can also easily scan documents directly to email and folders to reduce paper consumption at a speed of 240ipm (images per minute) through the single pass document feeder (SPDF). Users can improve fast scanning accuracy by simply adding an extra double feed detection unit.
A variety of mobile connectivity options, including the RICOH Smart Device Connector App enables remote printing as well as scanning to the office network or cloud from any smart device with built-in support for NFC, Apple AirPrint or Mopria. All this is underpinned by a unique suite of support apps from RICOH Smart Integration.
In addition, users no longer need to purchase new equipment to meet changing document needs as their business grows. RICOH Always Current Technology allows new features to be installed on the existing RICOH IM C8000 on demand. Users simply select from a range of smart applications, enhancements and software to manage document needs as they change.
Mobile workers can interact seamlessly with the intelligent technology. To make their lives easier, the IM C8000 wakes up on approach utilising its built-in motion sensor, and to save time, double sided originals are scanned in a single pass and can be uploaded directly to a variety of cloud-based services, including Dropbox, Google Drive and Office 365.
Security is also enhanced with an optional card reader which can be installed giving users the ability to restrict access to certain features, such as set print quotas. Locked Print functionality keeps unattended documents from being left in output trays
Energy efficiency is also highly regarded with the IM C8000 featuring a Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC) value that is three time less than that of its predecessor model (MP C8003SP).
Peter Georghiou, Senior Product Marketing Manager of RICOH Australia, said, “We are excited to bring the IM C8000 to market here in Australia. Customers will benefit from a winning combination of being able to produce high quality brochures and mailing pieces in-house while having the opportunity to digitise and upload critical direct to the cloud.
“At the same time, the rich feature functionality in speed, simplicity, flexibility, scalability will help our customers deliver a great customer experience in the post-pandemic period by embracing the latest digital technology while supporting their own focus on business operation productivity.”
Domino has announced the launch of the N730i digital UV inkjet label press, which introduces the new Domino Generation 7..
12 October 2020
Domino has announced the launch of the N730i digital UV inkjet label press, which introduces the new Domino Generation 7 inkjet platform.
Philip Easton, Director of the Domino Digital Printing Solutions Division, said that, “This is the most significant product we have launched since we started in the digital label press business. It has been a huge collaborative team effort spread over five years involving our colleagues at Brother Industries, supplier partners, our development team, and our customers. Today, we are so proud of what the N730i delivers, as we truly believe it sets new standards in high performance inkjet label printing.”
The N730i incorporates a host of brand-new features, including the enhanced Brother BITSTAR 1200 dpi piezo printhead, the SunLight graphical user interface, and the latest automated Domino i-Tech intelligent Technology features. These include i-Tech SetAlign and i-Tech CleanCap2.
Louise Adcock, Global Product Manager, Domino Digital Printing Solutions, said, “During the development of the N730i, we focused on three key areas: providing consistent print quality at high speed, ease of use, and flexibility.”
The N730i is designed to print all jobs, including those with a "silk-screen-like" white, at 230 fpm (70 m/m).
The Brother BITSTAR 1200 dpi printhead uses a combination of small drop sizes of 2.1 picolitre (pl) and nominal drop sizes of 2.8 pl and 3.3 pl to provide consistent ink density across the image, producing excellent printing, including fine fonts, micro-text, sharper edges, and smoother gradients. Patented triple-layer polycrystalline micro piezo technology minimises cross talk and delivers precise nozzle control for optimum drop placement accuracy.
Domino’s intelligent Technology (i-Tech) features represent developments designed to measurably improve efficiency, use, function, and reliability. i-Tech SetAlign is a new automated system that sets density and accurately aligns the printheads. The result is uniform and seamless print quality across the full web width. Domino has also enhanced performance with i-Tech CleanCap2, an automated printhead cleaning and capping system, which is a controlled process reducing manual operator intervention and waste. Other i-Tech features include the established i-Tech ActiFlow, UltraMix, and WebRev.
Adcock continues, “In basic terms, our customers win business against their competitors on the labels they can produce, they make a profit from delivering them efficiently. The N730i’s consistent high print quality will mean they will win more business while high speed combined with reliability means they can also print it efficiently.”
The existing user interface has been completely rewritten for the N730i with the development of the new Domino SunLight. This flexible graphical user interface with its modern look and feel is completely intuitive and highly configurable. A new enhanced version of the industry standard Esko Digital Front End has been adopted, including improved variable data printing performance, and producing process colours including orange and violet, for lower ink usage and an increased colour gamut. Support for the industry standard JDF/JMF data transfer format allows for automated job setup and reporting. This also means upward integration with the leading management information systems can be readily achieved.
Offering label manufacturers excellent flexibility, the N730i is available with optional flexo stations for priming to facilitate consistent quality even on the most challenging media types, and for spot colours or varnishing, increasing the range of jobs that can be achieved, or for reverse white for cost-effective shrink sleeve applications. These flexo stations can be retrofitted, providing customers with greater flexibility as their business needs change.
The N730i includes Domino’s own in-house developed UV90 ink set with excellent fade resistance, achieving a maximum Blue Wool Scale of eight on certain substrates. It has enhanced mechanical properties, including abrasion and scratch resistance. It is 7-colour CMYKOV + W and achieves 92% of the Pantone range. The UV90 white ink is commonly used by customers as a silk-screen replacement achieving an opacity of up to 76%. The Textures by Domino printing capability enables tactile three-dimensional label design effects to be created for greater shelf appeal.
Compatible with leading high-end web inkjet presses, the Variable Coater elevates the quality of digital print to match ..
12 October 2020
Compatible with leading high-end web inkjet presses, the Variable Coater elevates the quality of digital print to match offset, whilst providing access to a virtually unlimited range of paper and also reducing costs.
Contiweb, a specialist in state-of-the-art technologies for printing, advanced drying and web-handling, announces today the launch of its Variable Coater (VC), a digital priming and over-print varnish applicator developed to boost product quality and reduce costs for paper in digital printing applications.
Compatible with leading high-end web inkjet presses, the Variable Coater elevates the quality of digital print to match offset, whilst providing access to a virtually unlimited range of paper and also reducing costs.
“We developed the Variable Coater to provide customers with the ability to use standard offset paper for all print jobs, even those with high ink coverage, which is much more cost effective. Uptime is also essential to profitability, and changing between the different grades of priming, even per side, can be a costly disruption, something that is now preventable. The Variable Coater delivers significant cost savings in numerous ways,” explains Rutger Jansen, CEO at Contiweb.
“The system’s expanded range of paper as a result of the precise amount of priming per side, combined with the improved print quality of primed paper also mean printers can move more jobs from offset to digital. Jobs requiring high ink coverage will not need to be printed offset. They can take advantage of digital’s personalisation capabilities, potentially opening up new markets, and achieve higher utilisation of the digital press, leading to improved ROI and profits,” adds Jansen.
The Contiweb Variable Coater allows variable web coverage, so printers only need to use what is required, resulting in around 15% less priming or coating usage. Also, variable in web width from 10-26 inches, the VC can work inline or near-line with leading high-end web inkjet presses. The web width of the VC can be changed with a just a quick production stop and without any requirement to exchange parts. Adjustable on-the-go with a user-friendly HMI, the Variable Coater is easy to operate and allows ‘recipes’ to be stored and used again as needed. Furthermore, there are no additional costs for consumables such as sleeves or anilox rollers.
The Variable Coater solution was developed in conjunction with European printing group Paragon Customer Communications and Eastman Kodak Company. Paragon’s Director of Operations, Bernd Wein, says of the Variable Coater, “The flexibility was one of the main aspects of why we started this project with Contiweb. In order to achieve the best quality of printing, you must profile the paper. It absolutely makes sense to use different types of coating fluid depending on whether you’re using coated or uncoated stock, and the ability to specify only what coverage is necessary and record profiles, saves time and money.”
The potential of the Variable Coater is further illustrated by an endorsement from Kodak. Randy Vandagriff, Senior Vice President, Digital Print, Eastman Kodak Company, said “The market is growing for digitally produced high ink coverage print products on glossy and coated papers, such as direct mail and catalogues. Contiweb’s Variable Coater, inline or near line with a Kodak PROSPER press, is a great way for printers to lower their costs, increase their quality and improve their paper supply chain.”
The VC can work inline or near-line with all leading high-end web inkjet presses.
Scodix, leading provider of pioneering digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, today announces the ..
01 October 2020
Scodix, leading provider of pioneering digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, today announces the commercial launch of the next generation of its Ultra Digital Enhancement Press Series, consisting of six presses, each targeted to a specific market segment.
Having demonstrated its expertise in equipment for the commercial, packaging and W2P markets, Scodix has developed the Ultra Press Series to fully address the needs of each sector. Scodix CEO, Eli Grinberg, elaborates:
“As the world’s most innovative and experienced company in digital print enhancement, with over 400 presses installed around the world, we’re now launching one expanded product line that’s been designed to meet the needs of all of our customers across all of these industry sectors. Whatever the application, enhancement, or budget requirement, we have a solution within this series. Print service providers can choose the press that will best support the future growth of their business.”
Aimed at the W2P market, the Scodix Ultra 3000 and Ultra 4000 presses both incorporate Scodix Studio W2P software. Developed with the success of companies such as Shutterfly and District Photo in mind, the Ultra 3000 focusses on Web2Print, whilst the Ultra 4000, allowing larger format substrates and pallet feeders and stackers, is aimed at Web2Pack printers.
Commercial & Speciality
Offering the same print areas and range of substrates, the Scodix Ultra 1000 and 2000 presses are distinguished by the number of applications available – and consequently are offered to the market at different price points. The Ultra 1000 delivers accessible digital enhancement whilst the Ultra 2000 offers all Scodix applications on one platform, including automatic polymer switching for superior productivity.
The Scodix Ultra 5000 and 6000 both allow the thicker substrates required for packaging applications – up to 2mm – and incorporate industrial pallet feeders and stackers. Whilst the Ultra 6000 offers a larger format, it comes with a simplified range of enhancements.
The six new presses in the series succeed the Ultra 101 and 202, whilst the Scodix E106 press is still available for B1 folding carton applications.
Grinberg adds, “By incorporating digital enhancement, print providers can expand their service offerings with attention-grabbing applications, improving customer retention rates in these notoriously fickle times, whilst boosting margins and ultimately profitability. Whether the products are purchased traditional or through Web2Pack or Print channels, Scodix enhances products from premium business and greeting cards, folders, head-turning book covers, audience-engaging brochures to stand-out labels and packaging, folding cartons, rigid boxes, point-of-display and security markings always with a focus on fine detail and high quality results.
“By launching this segmented product portfolio, we are increasing the number of customers that can employ Scodix, and we are offering Scodix value to more brands, print buyers and consumers of print. This is truly the next era for the Scodix business.”
Scodix Ultra 2000, aimed at the Commercial & Specialty
For more information, visit www.scodix.com or email email@example.com.
Rotoflex, the finishing company under the Mark Andy Inc. corporate umbrella, has announced the launch of two digital fin..
29 September 2020
Rotoflex, the finishing company under the Mark Andy Inc. corporate umbrella, has announced the launch of two digital finishers, DF1 and VTI Series. While both machines offer high-speed operation at low costs, they were developed to serve different converter needs.
The DF1 is a semi-rotary offline finishing and converting machine designed to meet the rising demand for unique short run labels in a simple, fast, precise, and affordable way, allowing converters to accelerate production and profits.
Built on a platform with finishing speed up to 750 fpm (228.6 mpm) for full-rotary and 250 fpm (76.2 mpm) for semi-rotary, with accurate semi-rotary die-cutting functionality, the Rotoflex DF1 is an ideal addition for upwards of 80% of label converters worldwide. The quick set-up and dynamic operation allow converters to decorate, die-cut, slit, and strip labels in a single step, getting final product out the door faster and more efficiently than using multiple means of finishing.
“The thought process behind the DF1 came from customer needs to quickly enhance labels and ensure high-quality, inspected output in the process," says Manohar Dhugga, VP of operations, Rotoflex.
Relative to the established Rotoflex DF3 model launched at Labelexpo Americas 2018, the DF1 operates similarly, offering high production level speed and 50% faster changeovers than conventional converting systems. The primary differentiators between the DF3 and DF1 platforms are in terms of configurability and price point. The DF3 supports rail mounted converting options and additional print stations, while the DF1 has a single hybrid station that brings finishing and converting to a level of financial accessibility that is unprecedented in the market space.
The VTI Series is an advanced tabletop finishing machine created to ensure conformity with stringent regulations of the pharmaceutical and high-security packaging industries.
With an operator control system for inspection and finishing, the VTI Series detects and corrects missing labels, remaining matrix, splices, flags, spots, fading and missing colour, and defects in text and registrations. This allow converters to effortlessly inspect, rework, and re-inspect labels, which is especially necessary if the application involves 100% accuracy, variable data, or braille inspection.
“The exclusive URC 2.0 control system offers multilane counting and is the most advanced defect management system available in the market. , The URC 2.0 increases operator efficiency by reducing set-up time and waste through its automated functionality The optional biometric login security feature and online dashboard for data analysis provides for a complete finishing solution,” emphasises Dhugga. “Another important feature of the VTI series is the eDrive 2.0, a system that increases production effectiveness through optimisation of acceleration and deceleration while preserving roll quality and characteristics,” he adds, noting that the maximum speed – which varies according to the application – is 750 fpm (228 mpm).
“Customer demand has led us to create a more efficient and compact tabletop rewinder to replace the older, outdated models while delivering the high standard of performance known by the Rotoflex brand. The VTI can be integrated with 100% vision inspection systems and with reverse fault placement functionality allows for pharmaceutical grade inspection,” explains Dhugga.
The price, starting at $25,000 for the base configuration, enables converters to immediately incorporate the new unit in their pressroom, and even provides an opportunity to develop new revenue streams by venturing into highly segmented markets.
In addition to all features, Rotoflex designed the VTI Series with a user-friendly interface and ergonomic design for sit down operation, making it comfortable for converters to smoothly manage operation.
Rotoflex DF1 and VTI machines are available for immediate order, with the first DF1 machine shipping to a US customer this month.
Konica Minolta Australia has expanded its bizhub i-Series range with the launch of two new colour A3 multifunction print..
29 September 2020
Konica Minolta Australia has expanded its bizhub i-Series range with the launch of two new colour A3 multifunction printers (MFPs). The new bizhub C450i and bizhub C650i are next-generation multifunctional devices designed to empower digital workflows.
Shane Blandford, chief marketing and innovation officer, Konica Minolta, said, “Like every model in the bizhub i-Series product line, the new devices reflect a new paradigm for how multifunctional devices meet the needs of businesses by serving as a secure, smart technology hub to augment office connectivity. As SMBs continue their path to recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be critical that they choose smart technology that elevates their digital status.
“The new MFPs offer fast, reliable solutions for document handling and serve as an intelligent device that effectively becomes the heart of the customer’s digital office. They can also be tailored to meet the requirements of each business with the wide breadth of applications that are available from Konica Minolta’s Marketplace, which is pre-installed on every device. Furthermore, by placing the customer’s need for high operational efficiency at the heart of each MFP solution, Konica Minolta delivers best-in-class service and troubleshooting through its Remote Service Platform.”
The new models feature the bizhub i-Series’ fresh, contemporary exterior design and the highly intuitive smartphone-style user interface with a tiltable, floating 10-inch panel that is used throughout the bizhub i-Series range. It features a new card-type quick copy screen and various apps with integrated guidance for a better user experience. In addition, newly developed widget technology allows embedding and operating functionality directly from the MFP’s home screen, shortening the time spent in front of the MFP. This ensures an entirely natural and familiar user experience that is common across all bizhub i-Series devices.
High performance operation and quick response is assured by the same powerful quad-core central processing unit and standard 8 GB of memory with a 256 GB SSD, (upgradeable to optional 1 TB SSD). The three new A3 colour MFPs offer a choice of 45ppm, 55ppm or 65ppm print speeds.
As standard, the three new MFPs feature a dual-scan document feeder that can accommodate up to 300 sheets, with a faster 280 ipm scan speed and double-feed detection sensors. Newly designed finishers with an integrated manual staple feature are also available as an option. The new higher-speed bizhub i-Series models also have an automatic intelligent media sensor that can detect paper weight and media type. This helps to reduce user error and unnecessary support requests due to unmatched settings for the paper type being used leading to fewer paper jams, boosting productivity.
bizhub i-Series MFPs have been designed to work with powerful workflow tools such as Konica Minolta’s Dispatcher Phoenix. Dispatcher Phoenix offers advanced document workflow and is an ideal solution for enhancing document security via digital workflows.
Xeikon America, Inc. launched its Xeikon SX30000 digital press, available immediately in the US and Canadian markets. ..
29 September 2020
Xeikon America, Inc. launched its Xeikon SX30000 digital press, available immediately in the US and Canadian markets.
The new electrophotographic toner-based press is based on SIRIUS technology.
As part of the company’s Xeikon Café TV series, the public launch event was led by Xeikon America’s Director of Marketing Donna Covannon and viewed in web broadcast format by print providers, partners, analysts and journalists.
Viewers of the broadcast also saw a demonstration of the new press.
“North American print providers have been enthusiastic,” said Covannon, “and we are thrilled to begin taking orders for the press today. We anticipate very strong sales for the Xeikon SX30000 this year and many years to come.”
DuPont Image Solutions announced the new series for its Pigment Inks portfolio, DuPont Artistri Xite P2700. Artistr..
29 September 2020
DuPont Image Solutions announced the new series for its Pigment Inks portfolio, DuPont Artistri Xite P2700.
Artistri P2700 is an innovative digital textile premium pigment ink formulated for mid- viscosity printheads, offering best-in-class colour with deep, rich black and outstanding colour saturation. Due to the ink formulation, it delivers the quality needed for textile printers in home, furnishings and apparel applications.
DuPont and Creazioni Digitali, based in the Province of Como, Italy, collaborated to test and optimise the printing process and quality of the printed fabric.
“We are delighted to deliver brilliant colours with great wet and dry crock without compromising hand feel and the sustainability advantage of water-based pigment ink jet inks,” said Eric Beyeler, global ink jet marketing manager, DuPont Image Solutions.
“Quality and durability of the printed fabric is what our customers trust us to deliver,” said Roberto Lucini, CEO Creazioni Digitali, “With DuPont Artistri Xite P2700 inks, we can meet the crock fastness requirements our customers expect, print vibrant colours with reliable jetting performance and all this with the low environmental footprint of digital pigment inks.”
Key features that benefit roll-to-roll printers:
• Jetting reliability
• 2A Wash fastness 4-5; Dry crock ≥ 4; Wet crock ≥ 3.5
• High colour saturation
• Better lightfastness for Y
• Colours: CMYK ORBGV (light cmk)
“We are very pleased to see how DuPont Artistri Xite P2700 pigment ink is helping Creazioni Digitali and their customers succeed in a very competitive Textile marketplace. Creazioni Digitali has always set the standard for printed fabrics and it is a great compliment to have P2700 be selected for their digital textile fabric offering. We look forward to continuously support Creazioni Digitali and their customer’s business success,” said Jan Scharfenberg, EMEA business director, DuPont Image Solutions.
A B Graphic International (ABG) has expanded the range of modules for its Digicon Series 3 with the latest digital techn..
29 September 2020
A B Graphic International (ABG) has expanded the range of modules for its Digicon Series 3 with the latest digital technology DigiJet (JetFX) allowing for multiple embellishment processes in one pass.
DigiJet offers an on-line or off-line fully digital embellishment. It allows for multiple processes in one pass including spot varnishing, digital foiling and tactile screen on any size of print run. Its main features include two inkjet heads with UV pinning and UV curing, automated cold foil throw-off, a shuttle system for zero waste and stop start at job changeover, chill rollers for sensitive materials, pre-press software and food compliant fluids.
It is currently available in single bar or dual bar configurations, with the easily adjustable quantity of varnish to a height of up to 225 microns. Jobs can be automatically changed on the fly and the new module can be integrated with workflow and MIS.
The DigiJet module has been already installed in a number of Digicon Series 3 machines, including UK-based converters Springfield Solutions and Baker Labels. It can be also retrofitted to existing machines.
‘DigiJet is a revolutionary module for the digital market,’ commented Matt Burton, ABG’s global sales director. ‘With technology improving all the time, digital embellishment is where the future is - perfect for short runs, no tooling costs, the ability to change jobs quickly, variable data, personalisation and dramatically reduced lead times. DigiJet will undoubtedly be a game-changer for many of our customers.’
ABG has also released an explainer video to accompany the launch of the DigiJet embellishment module offering more technical insight into this new technology.
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Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that its technology for waterless electron beam (EB) offset printing has been ap..
28 September 2020
Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that its technology for waterless electron beam (EB) offset printing has been applied successfully for the first time on flexible packaging. The technology is free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Spain’s SP Group, a European manufacturer of flexible retail food packaging, completed a series of tests to print retort pouches with this technology.
The tests demonstrated the key benefits of this innovative printing technology. These include maximum sustainability and resource conservation and optimal compliance with health and anti-pollution standards. Another advantage is exceptional print quality, with sharper, higher resolution images that comply with food contact materials regulations. The printing industry should accordingly enjoy significant savings and efficiency gains over the medium term.
Retort packaging samples
The testing success represents a milestone in Toray’s R&D into waterless printing technology, which started in the early 1970s. Such technology has helped reduce VOC emissions for more than 40 years. Toray began developing printing technology that is completely free of these chemicals in 2015.
The application that the SP Group created for its test on the COMEXI CI8 offset press employed water-washable EB ink from Toray. Francisco Bernal, CEO of SP Group, emphasises that, “Using such innovative technologies as waterless EB offset, VOC-free printing has matched our core corporate principles of sustainability while maximising quality. Testing with Toray technology embodied SP Group’s pioneering spirit and ongoing commitment to optimisation.”
Toray’s technology offers several advantages. Waterless offset printing does not require dampening water, so VOC emissions are 60% to 80% lower than with wet processes. The special ink and EB curing-based process eliminate the need for solvents. Liquids that clean printing units are free of organic solvents, for zero VOC consumption in cleaning processes. Finally, Toray could achieve 100% VOC-free in all printing processes.
A new generation of the Rapida 76 from Koenig & Bauer has just been released onto the market. The B2 press (st..
15 September 2020
A new generation of the Rapida 76 from Koenig & Bauer has just been released onto the market.
The B2 press (standard sheet format 530 x 750 mm; special format 605 x 750 mm) boasts peak printing speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour and a fully revamped and particularly aesthetic appearance.
To cater for as many different applications as possible, up to 11 printing and finishing units can be combined to configure a Rapida 76 which is tailored precisely to individual production needs.
That could mean a 10-color press with an automatically convertible perfecting unit for 5-over-5 production – possibly together with an additional coating tower to allow the printing of covers, for example – or packaging presses with double-coating facilities for the production of pharmaceutical packaging and the like.
Further variants incorporate raised foundations to accommodate higher piles with board substrates, or various delivery extensions for coating applications.
Ink duct dividers can also be chosen to enable rainbow printing.
Thanks to a comprehensive range of measuring systems and optional facilities for inline sheet inspection, the Rapida 76 is ideally prepared for a diversity of special applications, including even the production of security documents.
The half-format press handles both conventional and UV inks and coatings with equal ease. Beside IR/hot-air drying systems, various UV, HR-UV and LED-UV systems are also available.
Finishfit Microbe Protect 2400, developed by Epple Druckfarben AG in Germany, was tested on a wide range of Jet Press pr..
08 September 2020
Finishfit Microbe Protect 2400, developed by Epple Druckfarben AG in Germany, was tested on a wide range of Jet Press printed products at Fujifilm’s Advanced Print Technology Centre in Brussels.
Finishfit Microbe Protect 2400, developed by Epple Druckfarben AG in Germany, was tested on a wide range of Jet Press printed products at Fujifilm’s Advanced Print Technology Centre in Brussels.
Inks and coatings developer Epple Druckfarben AG has produced a coating to dramatically reduce the chances of bacteria or viruses being passed from person to person via printed media. Now commercially available, the new water-based varnish, Finishfit Microbe Protect 2400, has undergone a rigorous testing process, including tests on Jet Press printed products at Fujifilm’s Advanced Print Technology Centre in Brussels. The coating has been proven to be effective in killing up to 99.9% of bacteria. This makes it ideal for use on everyday printed products that are handled by multiple people, such as playing cards, magazines, food menus and packaging of all kinds – including pharmaceutical-based packaging and selected plastic films.
Finishfit Microbe Protect 2400 contains elementary silver-nanoparticles (Ag0) firmly anchored in the varnish film. When activated by moisture – such as when they are touched – the silver-nanoparticles release positively charged silver ions (Ag+), which significantly reduce the number of bacteria and viruses on the surface of the varnish. The effect is constant and long-lasting because the silver-nanoparticles themselves are not released and can’t be rubbed off from the dried varnish, and because the coating is water-based, it is also very environmentally friendly.
“Epple is well known for its innovations in the field of ink systems, and Finishfit Microbe Protect 2400 is another unique addition to our product portfolio,” says Helmut Fröhlich, Product Line Manager at Epple. “This coating is suitable for a range of substrates, and we are continuously testing it with other ink types and printing processes.”
Fröhlich was clear on their decision to approach Fujifilm for the initial testing of the coating: “Being one of the leading companies in inkjet printing, Fujifilm was the logical choice for testing Finishfit Microbe Protect 2400. They suggested the testing should be undertaken on the Jet Press and it quickly became clear as to why.
“Unlike some other digital printing processes, the Vividia inks used by the Jet Press produce a smooth, neutral surface that is ideal for both aqueous and UV based coatings. We were impressed to see that the high quality print work produced by the Jet Press is further enhanced by the crucial, invisible protection that Finishfit provides.”
At Fujifilm’s APTC, numerous tests were carried out – both on freshly printed samples, and with prints that were several days old. It proved equally effective on both. Taro Aoki, Head of Digital Solutions, Fujifilm Graphic Systems EMEA says: “The Jet Press has always been about maximising flexibility and adaptability for its users. Over the years we’ve continually pushed the boundaries, offering an expanded colour gamut, food safe inks and the ability to print to a huge range of standard offset stocks. So it’s fitting that Jet Press printed products were the first to be tested with this ground-breaking new coating that offers print businesses enormous reassurance as we all continue to manage the risk of living with Covid-19 in society.”
The end result of 18 months of development, and the first product in a planned Microbe Protect 2400 series, Finishfit was created in conjunction with the renowned nanoscale research company RAS AG, Regensburg as well as with state funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy as part of the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs. When they began work a year-and-a-half ago, none of its creators could have known just how much the perceived importance of the product would grow. “During the development phase, the acute significance of the product in the degree of urgency could not be foreseen,” says Stefan Schülling, Member of the Epple Executive Board responsible for Sales and Finance. “Now we are extremely pleased at the timely offering – further evidence of our innovative leadership.”
“Every sector must throw its full innovative power behind curbing the present and future pandemics”, adds Helmut Fröhlich. “Finishfit Microbe Protect represents an important first step.”
Canon Production Printing Australia has announced the launch of the new ProStream 1800 continuous feed inkjet printer, t..
29 July 2020
Canon Production Printing Australia has announced the launch of the new ProStream 1800 continuous feed inkjet printer, the newest model in its ProStream 1000 series. With increased speeds of up to 133m/min, the new printer boasts the highest resolution and print quality of any digital printing press at that speed, making it the ideal solution for commercial printers who want to achieve ultimate performance.
Supporting customers’ passion for print, the new ProStream 1800 has been designed to push the boundaries of commercial print to meet changing customer demands. Combining new inkjet innovations with proven offset printing techniques, the press strikes a unique balance between high productivity, superior print quality, flexibility and media versatility. Commercial printers can now expand their offering by migrating higher volume jobs from offset to digital inkjet. Boost production levels, slash turnaround times and increase profit margins across a wide range of applications, including premium and high volume direct mail, books, catalogues and magazines.
With the higher web speed of 133m/min (66% faster than the ProStream 1000), the ProStream 1800 produces up to 107,500 A4 images or 11,300 B2 sheets 4/4 per hour while maintaining superior print quality, and increased speeds equate to higher throughput, have the confidence to handle higher volumes of work for jobs today or in the future.
The ProStream 1800 can achieve a very high level of print quality across a huge range of media, including standard offset coated, uncoated and inkjet optimised papers from 40gsm to 300gsm. Print calendars, posters and point of sale applications with the ability to print up to 556mm wide and 1,524mm long. Eliminate the need to stop production to switch between different format lengths to ensure a seamless changeover – providing additional flexibility and ease-of-use for operators.
The press’s air floatation drying system dries all jobs evenly, so you can effectively print on a wide range of paper without compromising the high standards of the finished output. By not coming into contact with the paper, the system protects the print image to ensure an optimal result and to preserve the gloss and paper surface. Artificial intelligence linked to a sensor continuously makes adjustments to the drying system during the print run to ensure the best quality. Whether you’re printing a fashion look book or a high value mailer, you can be sure that it will impress. The added bonus? It also maintains the optimal web temperature, reducing energy consumption.
The ProStream 1800 uses native 1,200dpi piezo drop-on-demand print heads and proprietary polymer pigment inks with Canon ColorGrip to ensure colour consistency. Canon’s Inline Quality Control, a high-performance camera system, also provides automatic print quality assurance, so operators can spend less time on quality control.
The successful ProStream 1000 remains available and existing customers can easily upgrade to the ProStream 1800 if more volume is required, allowing them to easily adapt to changing market dynamics while maintaining high quality, speed and supporting a variety of media.
Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, comments: “At Canon, we share our customers’ passion for print and understand that, as their businesses are having to adapt to changing market requirements, our technology needs to evolve too. With the launch of the new ProStream 1800, we can support customers who are looking to grow their production volumes without compromising quality or speed. The new press marks an extension of the successful ProStream technology that was launched in 2017. Building on our strong installed base, we are excited to be offering a new proposition for customers that want ultimate performance.”
The new ProStream can be seen at the European Customer Experience Centre via virtual demo.
For more information on the ProStream 1800 and to request a virtual demo, please visit: https://anz.cpp.canon/products/prostream1000
The printheads are now being installed as an upgrade for all HP C500 digital corrugated customers worldwide. HP is ..
27 July 2020
The printheads are now being installed as an upgrade for all HP C500 digital corrugated customers worldwide.
HP is rolling out a new printhead design for HP PageWide C500 Press customers, extending performance with ink savings per board to deliver improved economics as well as enhanced print quality. The printheads are now being installed as an upgrade for all HP C500 digital corrugated customers worldwide.
The new colour printheads enable higher performance thanks to an improved nozzle architecture delivering image quality for HP PageWide C500 converters. In addition, the new design delivers ink savings and extends the lifespan of consumables.
LIC Packaging of Italy, building a high-volume digital business with the HP PageWide C500, is operating the press with the new printheads.
“Thanks to the HP PageWide C500 technology, we can convert offset jobs while maintaining high quality, equivalent to what our customers are used to receive from our litho-lamination process. We can consistently keep required brand colours, printing direct to board,” said Piero Bertoldo, Director at LIC Packaging.
“The C500 print quality is always one of our differentiators from our competition. With the new print heads, print is noticeably sharper, and colours are even more vibrant,” said Richard Brown, president The BoxMaker. “Our digital corrugated business based on the C500 is growing in volume with the ability to cost-effectively deliver a large number of jobs daily to our customers.”
Since its launch in 2018, HP has developed the HP PageWide C500 press platform while supporting worldwide early customers launching digital production.
“As we strive for our customers’ success at digital production, we are constantly working to implement improvements to boost press performance,” said Niv Ishay, worldwide marketing manager, HP PageWide Industrial Corrugated. “We launched the C500 as a solution to fit mainstream production. Now the rollout of the new printheads will help bring improved economics to digitally printed corrugated packaging.”
Breakthrough water-based print technology
The HP PageWide C500 employs thermal inkjet technology, designed for high print quality in demanding production environments, printing at 246 linear ft/min (75m/min) in 1200 npi resolution using one million nozzles. The C500’s unique Corrugated Grip technology delivers precise handling of industry- grade boards for smooth production, while Virtual Belt technology delivers accurate media motion.
In addition, HP’s water-based inks are odourless and free of UV-reactive chemistries, enabling a wide range of packaging applications, including primary and secondary packaging for sensitive uses such as food and personal care while requiring no additional barriers. The inks can comply with even the most stringent global food safety regulations, including Nestlé guidance and Swiss Ordinance.